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The Chosen (1981)

The Chosen




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Set in the Brooklyn of the 1940s, this film elucidates the friendship between two young Jews of differing factions. Benson is Hassidic, while Barry Miller is a Zionist. Though separated ideologically, the boys find a common bond through their love of stickball.more
Rating: PG
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Edwin Gordon
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 2, 2003
Westchester Films

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Robby Benson
as Danny Saunders
Barry Miller
as Reuven Malter
Maximilian Schell
as Professor David Malt...
Rod Steiger
as Reb Saunders
Hildy Brooks
as Mrs. Saunders
Ron Rifkin
as Baseball coach
Val Avery
as Teacher
Laura Delano
as Party Guest
Carol Levy
as Party Guest
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Critic Reviews for The Chosen

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (3)

A dedicated team of faithful adapters created a wonderfully rich movie version of the book in 1981, and the emotion and intellectual depths of the story resonate through the decades.

Full Review… | March 28, 2008
Denver Post
Top Critic

A worthy but irretrievably dull homily.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Certainly, this is a gently evocative movie, with its glimpses of a strict and self-contained culture, and its memories of a time gone by.

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

An engaging family drama religious film that explores the ideological differences between two teenage Jewish friends.

Full Review… | September 27, 2012
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Based on Potok's book, this well acted fammily drama set in Brooklyn after WWII, centers on the friendship between two Jewish boys who beong to different ideological factions

Full Review… | September 25, 2012

It shouldered its way into the popular consciousness, perhaps with a few concessions and a straining dramatic license, but nonetheless it remains a thoughtful, provocative engagement of legitimate issues relating to Judaism, the ancient, ever evolving rel

Full Review… | July 7, 2009

Audience Reviews for The Chosen

I simply ADORE the book, and was pleased to see this follows the storyline as closely as I'd hoped for. Enjoyed it very much.

Mariana Arevalo

Really good acting and story....awww let's face it, I'm a sucker for movies about Jewish people, and a fan of Robby Benson's from way back.

Robin P.

I love this movie so much! Especially the ending. Danny got what he wanted. It's a good friendship movie. I almost cried at the end of the movie and the book!

V!cky<3 Jones

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